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vicemag:

Crude Journalism: Chevron Bought a Newspaper to Mask Its Bad Record on Safety Abuses
Richmond is tucked into California’s western tricep, a former wine town with a population just over 100,000. Under the administration of Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, the town is the largest city in the United States with a Green Party mayor. It’s also an oil town—in 1901, Standard Oil set up a tank farm, choosing the location for its easy access to San Francisco Bay. Soon after, a western terminus of the Santa Fe Railroad was built in Richmond to handle the outflux of crude. Over the course of the 20th century, Standard Oil became the Standard Oil Company of California (SOCAL), and later, Chevron.
Throughout the 90s, the Richmond refinery was fined thousands of dollars for unsafe conditions, explosions, major fires, and chemical leaks, as the plant oozed chlorine and sulfur trioxide into Richmond’s atmosphere. In August of 2012, the Richmond refinery exploded after Chevron ignored the warning of corroding pipes from the local safety board. The disaster was linked to aging pipes, which were simply clamped instead of replaced altogether. Some 15,000 residents in the surrounding area were forced to seek medical treatment, and Chevron’s CEO, John Watson, got a $7.5 million dollar raise.
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“There may be a lot of jobs in oil, but there aren’t any jobs at all when the town you live in is on fire.”
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thegreenurbanist:

vicemag:

Crude Journalism: Chevron Bought a Newspaper to Mask Its Bad Record on Safety Abuses

Richmond is tucked into California’s western tricep, a former wine town with a population just over 100,000. Under the administration of Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, the town is the largest city in the United States with a Green Party mayor. It’s also an oil town—in 1901, Standard Oil set up a tank farm, choosing the location for its easy access to San Francisco Bay. Soon after, a western terminus of the Santa Fe Railroad was built in Richmond to handle the outflux of crude. Over the course of the 20th century, Standard Oil became the Standard Oil Company of California (SOCAL), and later, Chevron.

Throughout the 90s, the Richmond refinery was fined thousands of dollars for unsafe conditions, explosions, major fires, and chemical leaks, as the plant oozed chlorine and sulfur trioxide into Richmond’s atmosphere. In August of 2012, the Richmond refinery exploded after Chevron ignored the warning of corroding pipes from the local safety board. The disaster was linked to aging pipes, which were simply clamped instead of replaced altogether. Some 15,000 residents in the surrounding area were forced to seek medical treatment, and Chevron’s CEO, John Watson, got a $7.5 million dollar raise.

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There may be a lot of jobs in oil, but there aren’t any jobs at all when the town you live in is on fire.”

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Deliberate Practice

San Antonio-based hand-lettering artist and type designer Sean McCabe makes lovely typographic art

(Source: designtaxi.com)

 

The Nykredit Bank, commonly known as The Crystal, Schmidt Hammer Lassen

The Crystal – Krystallen is a free-standing, environmentally friendly and award-winning extension of Nykredit headquarters. It is one of Denmark’s leading financial services companies with activities ranging from mortgage, retail and investment banking to insurance, leasing and fixed income trading and asset management.The Nykredit Group is the largest lender in Denmark and one of the major private bond issuers in Europe. Located at the Kalvebod Brygge waterfront in Copenhagen and Designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen, it takes its name from its light, crystalline form which rests on only a single point and a single line, allowing for unhindered views as well as passage underneath the building. 

The building has a low energy-consumption of only 70 kWh per sqm, or 25 per cent less than the requirements of the existing energy legislation in Denmark. This is obtained with the highly effective insulating triple-layered inner glass façade which has a U-value of only 0.7 Wh per sqm. The roof is covered with photovoltaic panels generating 80,000 kWh per year.
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The Nykredit Bank, commonly known as The Crystal, Schmidt Hammer Lassen

The Crystal – Krystallen is a free-standing, environmentally friendly and award-winning extension of Nykredit headquarters. It is one of Denmark’s leading financial services companies with activities ranging from mortgage, retail and investment banking to insurance, leasing and fixed income trading and asset management.The Nykredit Group is the largest lender in Denmark and one of the major private bond issuers in Europe. Located at the Kalvebod Brygge waterfront in Copenhagen and Designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen, it takes its name from its light, crystalline form which rests on only a single point and a single line, allowing for unhindered views as well as passage underneath the building.

The building has a low energy-consumption of only 70 kWh per sqm, or 25 per cent less than the requirements of the existing energy legislation in Denmark. This is obtained with the highly effective insulating triple-layered inner glass façade which has a U-value of only 0.7 Wh per sqm. The roof is covered with photovoltaic panels generating 80,000 kWh per year.

(Source: mikedugeniohansen)

 

Velaa Private Island by ADR

Velaa Private Island is a new resort in the Maldives.

A unique combination of indoor and outdoor spaces, where you can stay in an ocean pool house or romantic pool residence. Each with its own pool, where you can enjoy privacy, comfort and luxury.

(Source: adr.cz)

geekymerch:

These awesome science and math inspired cutting boards can be found at Elysium Woodworks!

(via northernmoments)

 

Phoenix International Media Center

by BIAD UFo

"Phoenix International Media Center is a multipurpose and comprehensive architecture with functions of television programming, offices and business. As usual, media building has large space such as broadcasting hall, as well as typical office floors vertically. It is hard for this two parts to achieve a harmonious effect. However, in this program, we resort to the pattern of Mobius, that is, combines high office floor with media broadcasting hall. While satisfying the need of the place for programming as well as other supporting establishments, it becomes a complete space and volume. Unique building shape combines with the natural scene in Chaoyang Park."  

(Source: archatlas)

 

Why Architects Shouldn’t Fetishize Slums
Whenever I see sensational exposes on the supposedly sublime spatial intensity of Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City (demolished in 1994), they strike me as nothing more than colonial fantasies that have little to do with the reality of living in the midst of one of the world’s cruelest slums.
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Why Architects Shouldn’t Fetishize Slums

Whenever I see sensational exposes on the supposedly sublime spatial intensity of Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City (demolished in 1994), they strike me as nothing more than colonial fantasies that have little to do with the reality of living in the midst of one of the world’s cruelest slums.

Be stubborn about your goals, but flexible about your methods.
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